Lightburn Elderly Association Project (LEAP) Mentor Profiles

In 1992, LEAP was born out a sense of frustration at a lack of services available for older people in the Cambuslang area.  A group of people got together and formulated a plan to meet the needs of older people in a practical and fun way.


R:evolve Recycle is the latest project from LEAP.  Servicing Cambuslang, Rutherglen Hamilton, Uddingston, Blantyre and Bothwell this innovative intergenerational project aims to cut C02e and waste by offering a range of services and activities which prolong the life of clothes, textiles and household goods.


LEAP R:evolve Recycle Mentor Profile: Wendy Russell


My name is Wendy Russell and I have been delivering CCF funded projects since 2014. I am the Project Manager of the R:evolve Recycle textile swapping and re-use project in South Lanarkshire. In two years my team and I have taken the project from a small idea harnessed by older people in our community to a chain of high street swap shop boutiques and an education programme with an average turnover of 2 tonnes of clothes, 248 new members and 1387 swaps per month. Our project has been recognised through various local and national awards as well us successfully achieving our Revolve Quality Standard award in 2017.

I have over 20 years experience in the voluntary sector including six years as a development officer for the South Lanarkshire third sector interface, where I mentored and supported voluntary sector groups and charities with governance, development, problem solving and funding.

I also have experience as a consultant within the voluntary sector which has seen me net over £1.5m in funding for a wide range of community groups, charities and social enterprises.

I can offer you a tailor made support and mentoring package covering a wide range of topics (idea development; problem solving; consultation processes; evaluation and monitoring; funding and fundraising; governance) and can work with you and your community to identify opportunities for your organisation and support you to reach your goals.

Areas of Experience:

Repair/refurbishment; Carbon literacy; Climate change engagement; Reuse/swapping


Project Management; Business development; Finances; Volunteer support and management; Team management; Social Media; Marketing; Community engagement; Funding applications; Consultation; Monitoring and evaluation; Facilitation

Types of support offered:

Support to develop project ideas/ applications; Support to develop/run project activities; Trouble-shooting advice for projects underway; Support to build organisational capacity

Mentoring offered through

One-one advice; A tailored support package; Off the peg resources/training sessions etc.

If you would like to arrange mentoring support from Wendy Russell contact Claire Gibson claire.gibson@keepscotlandbeautiful.org

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